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  •  100% agreement. (3+ / 0-)
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    For a Fukushima accident to happen at VY a few things have to happen. All external grid power has to vanish (this does happen as the big North East 2003 black out showed), both diesel generators FAIL to start, axillary portable pumps become inoperable and the grid power is not restored in time.

    For both diesel generators not to start would be the destruction by some force of the fuel tanks and/or the flooding of the intake pumps. This has never happened anywhere in the world but the tsunami caused destruction of Fukushima's fuel tanks. Thus ADDRESS THIS ISSUE.

    The new passively cooled power plants non-pumping, natural circulation emergency cooling should the above conditions be met. They are 100 times safer.

    VY, MAYBE, has to, or be compelled to, institute measures that assure onsite cooling in the event of a grid blackout condition. every plant should. All in fact do.

    As Gen III plants and later Gen IV plants come on line, we can phase out fossil AND older nuclear plants.

    We should nationalize any company that claims it can't make needed upgrades.

    Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

    by davidwalters on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 12:35:51 PM PST

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    •  Right. I may not be an advocate of nuclear (3+ / 0-)
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      but if we're going to have it, I am a total advocate of competence and requiring such of corporations charged with such important matters.

      Being ignored is the difference between being a one percenter and an American.--sweeper

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 03:11:17 PM PST

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      •  I actually for getting corporations out of the (0+ / 0-)

        electrical energy business. Public power entities already are known to provide better service at cheaper prices than investor owned ones. I think, even with Entergy's lying, our nukes are extremely well run as proven by their safety record. If the future of nuclear in the US (and the world) is based on our record, it is a 'good thing' not a 'bad thing'. Doesn't mean we shouldn't keep at 'em with both regulatory reform and tightening, where appropriate, safety issues.

        Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

        by davidwalters on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 07:29:52 AM PST

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